15 May 2010

Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens book coverAs long as I can remember, I've always felt guilty about never having read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I started this book as a youngster, but never really got beyond the first chapter, then failed to pick it up again..... until now.

It's a cliche of course, but I had great expectations of this book given its status as a classic and the fact that it's always included in various Top 100 lists. So, how did I like it? Well, I really enjoyed the writing style and enjoyed a few chuckle-worthy moments and also a few poignant lines which made me want to flag them on the page (despite my aversion to writing in books).

I wanted to fall in love with this book, but unfortunately I couldn't. The language was a pleasure, and I could certainly recognise the quality on the page, but overall, the greater plot and story line just didn't lure me all the way in.

My rating = ***

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  1. This book is often considered Dickens's masterpiece. Well, I don't really know about that but it has to be close to that. It certainly was a great read and I think you will agree.


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